It is difficult to estimate the cost of losses caused by traffic accidents. Often there are emotional barriers to the assessment of fatal accidents in monetary terms. The report describes research to assess the cost of objective losses incurred in Japanese traffic accidents during 1974. The components of losses directly sustained by persons involved in accidents are isolated and estimated using 1974 accident statistics. This includes an estimation of the loss of income due to death or injury, and the income and life-expectancy of victims. The income losses of the dead and permanently disabled are estimated. The medical costs of treatment to the injured persons are also estimated. Losses due to property damage are classified. Formula are derived for estimating the amount of damage caused to vehicles in vehicle-to-vehicle collisions. Indirect costs of accidents, including the cost of ambulances, police action, insurance and traffic congestion are estimated. Comparisons are made of losses in Japan and those occurring in the United States and the UK. The 1974 census of wages and other related statistics are given in several supplements. (TRRL)

  • Corporate Authors:

    Japan Research Center for Transport Policy

    Morizumi Building, 4F Kudankita, Chiyoda-ku
    Tokyo,   Japan 
  • Publication Date: 1978

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 55 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00308802
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Monograph
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 22 1980 12:00AM